Statistics Highlight Techno-Bullying
New statistics (if you can believe any statistics!) say 1 in 4 children in the UK have been bullied via their computers or mobile phones. So the Children's Charity, NCH, is now calling for special training for children in how to cope with this so-called 'techno-bullying'.
Apparently 16% of children asked had received threatening messages via mobile phones, with 7% being bullied via the Web, and 4% by e-mail.
John Carr, from NCH's children technology unit says the majority of text bullying is from schoolmates. He is calling on schools to update bullying policies to cover these new developments. For further information on text bullying and how to protect your child on and off-line go to the NCH website.
Web site: NCH The Children's Charity
Bullying Online is a charity run web site that offers practical help and advice on all aspects of bullying across the entire age, race and gender range. There are anti-bullying projects and coping strategies, statistical information and much more. A valuable information resource, whether you are caught up in or know someone who is affected by bullying...
Web site: Bullying Online
www.thinkuknow.co.uk is a web site produced on behalf of the Home Office where you get the inside info on how to stay safe while having fun online.
You can be whoever you want to be in a chat room. That's half the fun. You chat away to loads of different people. Make a few mates on the way. But what if one of them is lying? What if the person you think is a friend isn't a mate at all? Are you a parent or carer and concerned about your children? Find out more.
Web site: Thinkuknow
At some time all parents find that parenting can be difficult, stressful, even impossible. ParentLine Scotland is a free, confidential, telephone helpline for parents and anyone caring for a child in Scotland. You can call about any problem, however big or small. Telephone helplines allow anonymity and give callers an opportunity to 'offload' and to be pointed in the right direction for information and support.
Web site: Parentline Scotland
ChildLine is the free telephone helpline for children and young people. It's free and it's confidential. Sometimes it's hard to get through, because the lines are all busy. But keep trying and you will get through. Many children call ChildLine to talk about bullying. Last year, over 22,000 children called. If you want to talk to someone, you can speak to one of the counsellors. For more information about Childline visit the web site via the link below:
Phone: 0800 1111 - Childline
Web site: Childline - Bullying
The Department for Education and Skills
The Department for Education and Skills wants to spread the message that "bullying hurts and you don't have to endure it". If you are on the receiving end of bullying, there are many things that can be done to make your life easier. Their web site is intended to show pupils, their families and teachers how to tackle a problem that has gone on for far too long. It is packed with new ideas, practical techniques and the valuable experiences of those who have been bullied, or have even bullied others, to demonstrate that you need not suffer in Silence.
Web site: The Department for Education and Skills
The Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) is an independent advice centre for parents, offering information about state education in England and Wales for 5-16 year olds. The web site also details a free telephone advice service on many topics like exclusion from school, bullying, special educational needs and school admission appeals.
Web site: Advisory Centre for Education (ACE)
Children and The Law
The Children's Legal Centre is a unique, independent national charity concerned with law and policy affecting children and young people. It has many years of experience in providing legal advice and representation to children, their carers and professionals throughout the UK.
Web site: The Children's Legal Centre